With construction continuing on Constitution Drive, the Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) Transfer Center for Pembroke East has been temporarily moved again, with buses being sent on The Mother Of All Bizarre Detours.
The Transfer Center has been moved to a location on Jeanne Street behind Pembroke Mall "for 2-3 weeks". If the location wasn't baffling enough, you'll have to ride the detour that buses are having to take getting out of there. Rather than turning around in the Mall parking lot, they make a circuit through the Pembroke Meadows neighborhood. (The first time I rode it, I thought the driver must be lost.) They eventually come out beside the Little Israel store, turning south on Independence Boulevard, heading back towards the normal route. It adds about 5 minutes to travel times for bus routings where HRT already has trouble trying to make schedule.
Did anyone inquire with Pembroke Mall management about having the buses temporarily use their rear (rarely used) parking area? It could have been set up like the detour at Military Circle when the circus is at Military Circle Mall.
This will obviously throw everything FUBAR within 21 days. For bus drivers, the Pembroke Meadows circuit and running regularly late. For HRT Customer Service, having to field all the angry calls. For bus riders, late buses and a lousy Transfer Center. For Pembroke Meadows residents, buses racing through their neighborhood 18 1/2 hours of the day. Stay tuned, folks: this will get very ugly before it's over with.